After a 2-1 series victory against Sri Lanka in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), the West Indies continued their domination in the 50-over format as well. The home team began the three-match ODI series with an emphatic victory of eight wickets in the opening game.
The visitors elected to bat first after winning the toss at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. Sri Lankan openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne scored brilliant half-centuries but failed to convert them into big scores. Gunathilaka got out in a bizarre manner after he was adjudged guilty for obstructing the field while the latter was out caught and bowled by the Windies skipper Kieron Pollard.
No other Sri Lankan batsman could make a significant contribution before the debutant Ashan Bandara played a knock of 50 in the middle-order. As a result, the visiting got bundled out for 232 at the end of 49 overs.
Jason Holder and Jason Mohammed emerged as the pick of the bowlers for WI as they claimed two wickets each.
Lewis-Hope shines for WI
The West Indies players looked as if they were batting on a different surface. Openers Evin Lewis and Shai Hope played magnificently during the run-chase. While the former got out after a knock of 65, Hope went on to smash his tenth ODI ton. Both got out bowled to Sri Lankan pacer Dushmantha Chameera.
In the end, Darren Bravo (37*) and Jason Mohammed (13*) played sensibly to take their side over the finishing line. The hosts clinched the game with eight wickets in hand and three overs left. Wicketkeeper-batsman Hope won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his scintillating innings of 110.